September 21, 2010

Juco DL Coleman has interest in Vols

With Tennessee scouring the nation for help along a depleted defensive front, one area that is not being overlooked are junior colleges. Former Auburn signee Terrance Coleman landed at Copiah-Lincoln Community College after high school and has been hearing from a lot of schools, including the Vols.

Tennessee has an offer to Coleman, as does Kentucky, Southern Miss, Memphis and Texas A&M, but the offers haven’t been what he received as a three-star defensive lineman out of high school. Coleman chose the Tigers over the Vols as a national recruit, but this time it’s been different.

Coleman has had to work for the few scholarship offers he has.

"I was a big ole recruit coming out of high school, I had offers from everybody. I have to work harder this time. You have to start all the way over," Coleman said. "It’s been a test; it’s been a good test for me."

The junior college experience has been good for the 6-foot-2, 245-pound end as he’s honed his skills in his time in Wesson, Miss.

"I got my speed up and better at pass-rush. Pass-rush, I can contribute, and I feel like I can be a part of a good team. I can play some good football," Coleman offered.

Although some things have changed about the recruiting process one constant has been Tennessee. After visiting Tennessee the last weekend before signing day in 2009, the Vols almost had Coleman changing from his Auburn commitment.

Being in constant contact with Lance Thompson has helped the Vols’ case since he’s landed at Copiah-Lincoln.

"I took a visit up there in high school and I was fixing to go there and then the day before (signing day) I changed my mind to Auburn," Coleman said. "When I went up there I liked the campus and the surroundings and everything that goes on up there."

One of the biggest reasons he likes Tennessee this time around, along with the relationship with Thompson, is the availability of playing time along the defensive line and even at a rush-linebacker position.

"He is saying I can come down and play and I fit their defense. Sometimes their ends are dropping (in pass coverage) and coach said I could play outside linebacker, too," Coleman said.

That will be one of the key elements for schools that are pursuing Coleman.

"A school that wants me, a school that really wants me (is important). I’m going to the school that wants me the most and offers playing time," Coleman offered.

Although he said he is still waiting for more offers to come in, it looks like the two schools that are in front of everyone are Tennessee and Kentucky.

"First time I take a visit and like it that’s the first school I’m going to go to. I’m going to take a visit to Tennessee and to Kentucky when they play Auburn," Coleman said.

Coleman plans to visit Tennessee when they host Alabama in October and a second visit is possible in early December.

Coleman will have three years to play two and is planning on being done in December so he can enroll early at the college he chooses.

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